Monday 11 June 2012

First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill and Russel Ayto (HarperCollins Children's Books)

What do you get if you cross a cow with a chicken brought up as a cow? Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto's  series of 'Daisy' books are hilariously entertaining and with Charlotte due to start school in September, I've been hunting out books to do with those first faltering steps into proper education.

Obviously Charlotte won't be learning how to chew the cud or, er, lay cowpats but that's what's in store for our hapless chick-cow as her mum dutifully waves her through the gates along with the other calves.

As you can imagine, poor Daisy doesn't find it easy going at cow school but with Marjorie enlisting the help of some tenacious chickens, Daisy soon discovers she has talents that the other cows lack.

Filled with humour and charm, it's a great addition to the 'Daisy / Marjorie' stories and a worthy book of the week.

Charlotte's best bit: Poo practice. Of course.

Daddy's favourite bit: The chickens gently persuading the schoolteacher to alter the curriculum to suit Daisy a bit more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 moos, book of the week